Weaving Cultural Identities

Touring Exhibition

Current Venue

Resurgo Place | COMING MAY 2021

Moncton NB

May 8, 2021 – August 22, 2021



The Weaving Cultural Identities exhibition brings together Indigenous and Islamic communities in a collaborative exploration of weaving traditions and histories, thereby unpacking uneasy issues of belonging, displacement, diaspora, the land, and identity.

The exhibition features 10 woven prayer rugs created by 10 Coast Salish Indigenous artists and 8 Muslim artists. The project is a visual manifest of prominent, national dialogues surrounding the reconciliation of heritage, and the sharing and celebration of cultural knowledge, symbolism, and self-identification through textile traditions.

The Weaving Cultural Identities project was inspired by Saudi Arabian artist Ajlan Gharem’s public installation Paradise Has Many Gates, a chain-link mosque installed in Sen̓áḵw – Vanier Park, Vancouver, British Columbia as part of the 2018-2021 Vancouver Biennale’s curatorial theme of “re-IMAGE-n.” By reimagining Vancouver’s Indigenous and migrant communities’ loss of identity and sacred traditions through displacement, we can work towards reintroducing traditional practices that reflect spiritual healing and cultural restoration.



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Other Venues

Penticton Art Gallery | COMING SOON

Penticton BC

Sep. 13, 2021 - Nov. 15, 2021

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | COMING SOON

Halifax NS

Jan. 1, 2022 - Mar. 31, 2022

Wanuskewin Heritage Park | CANCELLED

Saskatoon SK

Nov. 14, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020

Estevan Art Gallery & Museum | ENDED

Estevan, SK

Aug. 28, 2020 - Oct. 23, 2020

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery | ENDED

Winnipeg MB

Jun. 19, 2020 - Jul. 31, 2020

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum | CANCELLED

Almonte ON

Jan. 16, 2021 - Mar. 13, 2021